Archive for April, 2017

26th April
2017
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35th St. btw 5th and 6th Ave.

Like any rooftop bar, when you go early in the evening, there’s a lot of velvet ropes and bouncers for what I can assume turns into a hoppin’ night.  However, until that time, this rooftop bar with a pretty good view of Herald Square (who knew the rooftops around here were interesting!?!) is sparsely crowded.  There’s a second, smaller bar out on the deck next to the “VIP” seating, the service is friendly, and the crowd consists of B&T’s and hotel guests.  Above average taps at above average prices, taste alright.

www.addisongroupnyc.com/venues/monarch

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25th April
2017
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Eldridge St. btw Delancey and Broome St.

Nice spot with limited seating, this open air bar (during nice weather of course) is relaxed spot to pop in for a chat or, as was the case, there was no more room at Attaboy.  Not much too it, simple cocktail bar that has a few interesting drinks of their own, crowd is 20’s and 30’s with locals.  Friendly service, cocktails at cocktail prices, taste fine.

Update, place is closed, sad news

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18th April
2017
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Eldridge St. btw Delancey and Broome St.

Used to be Milk and Honey, though I never got a chance to visit that spot.  This “speakeasy” doesn’t take reservations, but if there’s enough room at this small spot, the cocktails are really well done.  Bartenders are chatty and friendly, crowd is 20’s and 30’s.  Cocktails at average cocktail prices, taste really good.

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17th April
2017
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Frederick Douglas Blvd. and 116th St.

Now this is a spot I can behind!  Big outdoors front area, plenty of room inside at the bar, tons of sports on TV’s all over, and the food is pretty good too.  Service is friendly and can handle the crowd, which is basically every group from the surrounding area.  Average and above average beers, average prices, taste fine.

www.harlemtavern.com

14th April
2017
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Frederick Douglas Blvd. btw 112th and 113th St.

Cocktail bar that’s airy and friendly and not pretentious, what they should all be like!  Well, it’s a little small, but the crowd is friendly and chatty, as well as the bartender, and the crowd is a good mix of the neighborhood and humanity.  Cocktails at average cocktail prices, taste pretty good.

www.67orangestreet.com

13th April
2017
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9th Ave. and 48th St.

Used to be Traffic, and it’s the exact same layout, however not quite as douchey as its previous tenant.  It feels more welcoming and you can actually carry on a conversation without shouting, who woulda thunk!?!  Crowd is young, plenty of TV’s, average and above average beers at average prices, taste fine.

www.jollymonknyc.com

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12th April
2017
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Duane St. btw Hudson and Greenwich St.

Just a nice, decent sized place that is good for a quiet drink with a couple of friends.  Sure, you have the B&T’s wondering over after work, but the rest of the time it’s just a solid bar with a friendly staff…I really need to get better about singing good bars’ praises.  Anywho, above average beers at slightly above average prices, taste fine.

www.thehideawaynyc.com

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11th April
2017
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Irving Pl. btw 17th and 18th St.

Not hard to get a table here, but not exactly warm to the walk-ins.  This cocktail bar has a good amount of space, including a standing area in the back.  Filled to the brim with first dates, B&T’s and after work drinkers, they do their best to fill as many people in as the fire code allows.  Cocktails at above average prices, taste pretty good.

www.dearirving.com

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10th April
2017
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Union Square Park

What used to be Luna Park is now reopened but with a lot less table space outside of the building.  Decent sized space that brings in the B&T’s by the fistful, the staff presents you with cocktails and liquor until it’s time to catch your train home to the suburbs.  Cocktails at above average prices, taste alright.

www.thepavilionnyc.com

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